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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Any records mentioning author Max Evans (born August 29 1924 - died August 26 2020). Evans was a prolific writer of Western fiction and a friend of, and collaborator with, the controversial film director Sam Peckinpah. Max Evans led a varied life, from D-Day veteran to self described "gold smuggler" to Western fiction writer to Hollywood "script doctor."
The death of Max Evans was widely reported in the mass media in recent days, including in Variety, the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Albuquerque Journal and the Las Cruces Sun-News.
Attached to this request should be a PDF copy of his obituary.
Here is also a link to the same document: https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/author-soldier-cowboy-max-evans-dies-at-95/article_9aa762e0-e87d-11ea-90c8-dfb8e8313ec0.html
Please include all potentially responsive materials, including but not limited to all communications, reports, inquiries, investigations, photographs, audio files, video files, memos, directives, etc. Please include all materials found in other subject files and all materials associated with any potentially-related names and any other known aliases, nicknames, code names, or any other identifying pseudonyms or references utilized by this agency. Please consult the Central Records System and records, the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Data Management System and records, Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) records, Physical Surveillance (FISUR) records, Technical Surveillance (TESUR) records, and all available cross-reference indices, databases, and records, in addition to any other locations containing potentially-responsive materials related to Max Evans.
Please search for records held by the Los Angeles and Albuquerque field offices, in addition to the Santa Fe satellite office. Of particular interest would be records held in relation to his work in Hollywood in the late 1950s and 1960s. It is likely that there could be documents related to Max Evans in relation to his personal and professional relationship with the film director Sam Peckinpah. Peckinpah made films that were criticized for their extreme violence an he is purported to have led a personal life fraught with substance abuse problems characterized as excessive even by Hollywood standards. Mr. Evans published a book about his experiences working on a film with Peckinpah.
Per advice on the internet, it is recommended to state that, "your agency is required to search the physical records stored at NARA’s Washington Records Center in Suitland, MD, but still technically under your agency’s control. For more information see 36 CFR 1250.8"
Therefore, please also conduct a search of records at NARA's Washington Records Center in Suitland, Maryland, for records related to Max Evans.
Thank you for your commitment to transparency, and thank you for carrying out a thorough search for records related to Max Evans.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.
There are eFOIA files available for you to download.